Published: Friday, 31st August 2018
A rise in recycling and a significant reduction in business mileage will be reported to our Executive Committee on Tuesday 4 September in the latest performance report.
The introduction of a pilot pool car fleet of 15 vehicles has helped drive a 26 per cent reduction in business mileage in the first five months of operation and proposals are now being developed to expand the fleet and explore options to share with partner organisations and make cars available to the public as part of a car club scheme.
In the performance information it is also reported that the recycling rate at Community Recycling Centres has continued to increase and now stands at just under 59 per cent, compared with 56.11 per cent a year ago.
Other highlights from the report
- The 2018 school exam results have shown that young people are continuing to benefit from high quality educational opportunities across the region, with the results showing a picture of consistent achievement compared with previous years
- The Scottish Borders has also remained in the top quartile nationally for positive destinations, and well above the Scottish average, with 95.3% of pupils achieving a positive and sustained destination.
- Community Action Team - in its first three months the team has:
- issued 219 parking tickets
- carried out 76.5 hours of high visibility foot patrols and 108.5 hours of mobile patrols
- carried out 69 person drug searches and 16 premises drug searches
- carried out 40 static road checks and provided education and advice to motorists
- issued 9 road traffic fixed penalties.
- Change and improvement projects
- We are funding a feasibility study to identify options and recommendations for the future provision of specialised dementia care.
- A Hospital to Home project is being led by the Health and Social Care Partnership to maximise early rehabilitation and re-ablement and aims to promote self-confidence and skills so that people can continue to live independently at home for longer. Initially tested in Berwickshire, this has since been rolled out to the Teviot and Liddesdale locality.
New measures linked to Corporate Plan
The new quarterly performance reporting is aligned to the four corporate themes detailed in our Corporate Plan, launched in February, and includes a range of measures, case studies and achievements. This includes the performance of the part-Council-funded police Community Action Team, which has tackled school vandalism, illegal parking, antisocial behaviour and driving, drugs and high value cycle thefts in local communities.
Councillor Simon Mountford, Executive Member for Transformation and HR
“Once again there are many areas of positive performance right across the Council, from supporting businesses to establish and grow to helping our young people achieve the very best possible outcomes for themselves.
“However, in many areas we need you to play #yourpart, for example by recycling as much waste as possible, either at the kerbside or at our Community Recycling Centres, or by joining a local Resilient Community or signing up to SB Alert.
“As ever, the performance information is a useful tool for us to see where we may need to target improvements, for example expanding our network of foster and kinship carers to enable more looked after children to be placed in family settings.
“Our energy consumption and costs have also increased due to the cold weather, however we are already committed to a wide-ranging programme of works to reduce both consumption and costs. These works include the recent installation of solar panels at 12 sites and a plan for renewable energy and heating projects in the near future.”